The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia. Totalising to Qualify for a Benefit From Cyprus

Totalising for a Cypriot benefit

Article 10 of the Agreement with Cyprus covers totalisation for a Cypriot benefit.

Cyprus counts periods of Australian working life residence as periods of Cypriot social insurance. Each week of Australian working life residence is equal to a period of insurance for earnings equal to the weekly amount of basic insurable earnings.

A person must have a minimum of 52 weeks of Cypriot insurance before they can use the Agreement to totalise and qualify for a Cypriot benefit.

Exception: The only exception to this is when the period of insurance required to qualify for benefit is less than 52 weeks.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 11 Cyprus

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